Tyler Junior College

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice professionals provide vital services to protect citizens.  Trained and educated law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, and correctional officers play important roles in the provision of these important services.  Law enforcement officers protect the property and the lives of the people on their jurisdiction.  Probation officers also spend much of their time working for the courts.  Correctional officers maintain order within a correctional institution, and enforce rules and regulations.

If you are looking for a career field that can both change your life and the lives of others, you might want to consider the Criminal Justice program at Tyler Junior College. 

Degree Plans

The Associate of Arts (Field of Study) degree in Criminal Justice is designed for students wishing to major in criminal justice and then later obtain their bachelor’s degree. Those students wishing to seek employment in the criminal justice field as a federal law enforcement officer, state or federal probation officer, or parole officer should choose this degree plan as these jobs all require the applicant to possess a bachelor’s degree.

The Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Investigations is a two-year degree intended for those students who wish to seek employment with a law enforcement agency upon graduation. This degree plan includes courses in the arts and sciences curriculum, along with the basic criminal justice courses included in the transfer (AA) degree. More importantly, it incorporates specialized courses in the field of criminal investigations, including basic field work in crime scene processing. The program’s emphasis is to provide the student the basic background skills needed to become a criminal investigator.


It is the mission of the Criminal Justice Department at Tyler Junior College to prepare our students for careers in the various fields within the Criminal Justice System and/or to transfer to a university in order to complete their bachelor's degree by providing both a theoretical and practical understanding of the American Criminal Justice System.

As part of the Criminal Justice Department’s mission, we also incorporate the Three Promises of Tyler Junior College into the student’s educational experience - A Quality Education, A Vibrant Student Life, and Community Service.

Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/CriminalJustice

Criminal Justice Contact Information

Jason B. Waller, MS
Department Chair
Office: Pirtle T-116

Email: jwal@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2539

Advising contact: 903-510-2347